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After a good picture beyond the loss against Australia two days ago, Argentina had a much weaker performance this Tuesday Y fell to Nigeria 94-71: a defeat not so expected by the result but less by how he played.

The team led by Hernández, who against Australia had shown several things similar to the world runner-up in China, this time he did not manage to prevail neither in attack nor in defense against a rival with a proposal of great physical intensity, with a remarkable athletic capacity and with more talent than what he has shown in previous cycles.

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Jahlil Okafor (15 points and 7 rebounds with 7-8 from the field) and Precious Achiuwa (12 points and 7 rebounds) dominated in the inner zone against any Argentine adjustment and Josh Okogie (10 points), Chimizie Metu (10 points) and Obi Emegano (9 points) were firm to accompany: they had their problems in the creation of the game and they failed quite a bit from the outside (8-31 in triples), but still the work they did to defend against Argentina was remarkable, playing at the limit of fouls but with good concentration skills.

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Argentina will close its series of friendlies in Las Vegas on Tuesday, when I play against the team of USA by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and company at 7pm.

Here are the comments of the live match:

Luca Vildoza, Nicolás Brussino, Máximo Fjellerup, Luis Scola and Marcos Delia open for Argentina; Nigeria dates Gabe Vincent, Josh Okogie, Ike Nwamu, KZ Okpala, and Precious Achiuwa.

6-6 in the opening minutes: the two teams with more losses than hits in attack and also solid in the defensive rebound. Scola, Brussino and Fjellerup scored the three Argentine doubles.

19-17 for Argentina after a very disorganized first quarter on the part of both teams, without precision (0-5 in triples for Nigeria, 8-20 from the field for Argentina) and streaks, even wasting counterattacks. Josh Okogie and Jahlil Okafor lost their level for Nigeria at times, with the Timberwolves player being the best of the first quarter. Those led by Brown make good use of their physique and defend very aggressively, but Argentina finished in front due to defensive strength and two 3-pointers from Patricio Garino (6 points), who had already been good against Australia.

The national team grew a bit with the entry of Campazzo to the base: Hernández has been betting on the Campazzo-Bolmaro-Garino-Deck-Delia quintet for a few minutes. Scola is the second leading scorer with 5 points.

23-21 lead for Nigeria at the start of the second quarter, only a double from Laprovíttola for Argentina in three minutes of action. The African team continues to complicate through its defense and its athletic game in attack.

Defensive balance problems for Argentina: Nigeria posted a 13-2 run to go up 32-23 with Miami Heat rookie Achiuwa controlling the match. Brussino made the only Argentine double of this moment. Just two field goals made in more than six minutes for Argentina in this period: the team is determined to seek from the triple and does not succeed.

Nigeria left at halftime winning by 43-33: they came to be with a difference of twelve points against an Argentina that looked annoying, that could not play well in attack with Scola of 5 and Deck of 4, who is not moving the ball and that Nor does he manage to attack the ring by taking free throws except for what Laprovíttola did in that section. Nigeria was able to make more of its game, of total intensity, of points inside and a little more effectiveness outside with a balance between the 20 triples that they scored against the United States and the 0 in the first quarter: 3-11 in the second period.

Argentina is bad in that aspect: 3-17 from the perimeter. As happened to the United States, it is being dominated by Nigeria in the rebounds (29-18) although without much intention to load the offensive, but also being punished for counterattack after missing shots.

Laprovíttola is the top Argentine scorer with 8 points, all in the second quarter after having no action in the first. Vildoza (0-4 from the field) and Campazzo (0-6 from the field) have yet to score. 9 losses for Argentina while Nigeria has 14. Except for Campazzo, there have been balanced minutes for everyone in the first half: even Juan Pablo Vaulet entered 2:30 and scored a double.

Argentina has improved in attack through Bolmaro, but cannot close the gap: 59-46 for Nigeria after almost six minutes of action in the third quarter. Defensively there is no response against Achiuwa, who even in 1 vs. 1 manages to score, while the losses (14) are still more than the assists (12). The identity of the team does not appear at the moment.

74-55 for Nigeria at the end of the third period: just 7 shots made by Argentina against 5 losses. The dynamics of the meeting seem not to change.

Nigerian team showtime: 84-60 and a couple of dunks for the highlights. Partial of 9-5 against an Argentina that although it moves the ball a little more, if it does not impose itself defensively it does not find its style.

Argentina finally managed to score a field goal again: they did it to get 86-62 behind. Four minutes from the end, the team does not finish responding to different adjustments such as playing with Tayavek Gallizi or Lautaro Berra. That Campazzo and Laprovíttola combining for a 1-15 from the field says it all. There is also great merit in the defensive effort of a very serious Nigeria.

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